By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Gombe State Government has begun the payment of compensation to individuals who’s lands have been affected as a result of the establishment of the Gombe industrial park.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Ismaila Uba Misilli.
A total of 700 persons from adjoining villages in Yamaltu-Deba Local Government Area are benefiting from the State Government’s gesture of ensuring that no land owner is short-changed.
Chairman of the compensation committee and Commissioner of Finance, Malam Muhammad Gambo Magaji said the compensation is only paid to individuals with pieces of land at the Industrial park site for their support and willingness to hand over their property to the Government for the overall development of the State.
He said about one thousand hectres of land is being compensated with funds running into hundreds of millions.
“Actually the payment is going to be based on the size of individual land, this is Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s way of ensuring equity and Justice”.
He commended the people of Yamaltu for their support and solidarity since the idea of the establishment of the Gombe industrial park was muted by the present administration of Governor Inuwa Yahaya.
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Alhaji Nasiru Aliyu said the idea of setting up the Gombe industrial park in Yamaltu-Deba was consequent upon the availability of power, through the Dadin kowa hydropower plant, which is the main driver of industrial revolution.
On his part the Commissioner of Lands and Survey, Hon. Mohammed Danladi Adamu said during their various consultations with land owners, no group or individuals proved difficult in supporting the good intention of the Inuwa Yahaya’s administration of bringing economic growth and development to their area and the State as a whole.
The Emir of Yamaltu, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu said the establishment of industrial cluster in his domain by Governor Inuwa Yahaya is enough reason to attract the unalloyed support and loyalty of his people.
The royal father likened the leadership qualities of the Governor to that of the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto, who’s political ideology was that of social, economic and educational emancipation of the people.
“You all can go to sleep, we are solidly behind the Governor and we are 100% in support of the industrial park establishment”.
Representative of the chairman of Yamaltu Deba Local Government Council said the people of the area have no choice other than to support opportunities such as this that will last for a lifetime.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Abubakar Diffa who was visibly happy with the turn of events, said Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has displayed a rare leadership quality which will linger on in their minds forever.
Ismaila Uba Misilli
Senior Special Assistant
(Media and Publicity)